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I keep getting a couple of streaks across my printed image, as if the ink skips over these areas. I've tried cleaning and realigning the heads, as well as printing with the high speed printing mode turned off. Any ideas?

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A problem with the ink cartridge.

Sometimes, after some refills with the cartridge and those resets procedures for the printer to stop detecting the ink volume... the cartridge really will be on its last leg.

If after flushing the ink cartridge in a tap water and soaking it in a mixture of ammonia and water will not clear the print head of the cartridge to let the ink out proportionally..... the very last option is to replace the cartridge with new one.

I hope that helps.
Thanks

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